Dear friends of Coro Lux,

As we head into November and December, we’ve already accomplished a great deal in this, our 4th season, including appearing on the music series of the New Mexico Philharmonic (Bach’s cantata #140 on September 30th) and our first-ever “friend-raiser” at the gorgeous new home of Board President George Arthur and his wife Sharon.

We now look forward to the Chamber Chorus’s performance of Rossini’s melodious Petite Messe Solennelle on November 18th, and the Oratorio Society’s two performances of Handel’s Messiah on December 15th and 16th.

Coro Lux, in conjunction with the United Church of Santa Fe, will sponsor a weekend workshop in Santa Fe, featuring internationally-known guest composer Libby Larsen.   Larsen, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is not only a world-class composer, but also one of the great thinkers about the role of music in our society.  The workshop, held January 19th-20th (MLK, Jr., weekend) will include rehearsals of Libby’s music, including the world-premiere of a new piece written for the festival, discussions of how music creates community among diverse populations and a Sunday concert.  In addition, Dr. Kathleen Wilson will lead sessions on vocal technique.  And insights on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be shared by the Rev. Talitha Arnold.

On April 6th, the Oratorio Society will give the New Mexican premiere of a new work by Craig Hella Johnson.  In the words of the Washington Post Considering Matthew Shepard” demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure.”  Using a variety of musical styles, including hymn tunes, classical singing, cowboy songs and more, the premiere will illuminate this season’s theme of The Better Angels of Our Nature.

The Chamber Chorus will observe the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death when they present his Petite Messe Solennelle on November 18th, with its typical Rossinian combination of deep piety and vocal fireworks.  And our season concludes with our now annual, and very popular, concerts at the Canteen Brewhouse on May 4th.

The season has two overarching goals.  First, we want to present music of the highest quality in venues around our community and state at an affordable price.  Second, this season’s theme, as mentioned above, is The Better Angels of Our Nature.  Music has the ability to bring people together in ways nothing else can.

Much of our thinking has been guided by this quote from Lincoln: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

We hope to see you soon,

Bradley Ellingboe

Artistic Director
ABQ Coro Lux

Coro Lux — an auditioned chorus — has a generous scholarship program meant to help ALL who need financial help to participate, particularly those who are in the midst of, or who have recently finished, their schooling.

 For information about joining our chorus or contributing to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please email

Upcoming Events

December 15 and 16, 2018 — New Mexico Philharmonic
Saturday, December 15, 7:30pm Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 16, 3:00pm Faith Lutheran Church

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society joins the Faith Lutheran Choir and the New Mexico Philharmonic in performances of the beloved Messiah, by Georg Frideric Handel. Both operatic and biblical, this English oratorio will inspire all who hear it.

For tickets, visit


JANUARY 19 AND 20, 2019 – Bradley Ellingboe, conductor
Saturday and Sunday, Choral Workshop Celebration
Sunday, Jan. 20, 3:00 pm
United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road, Santa Fe

The Workshop

This is an opportunity to spend the weekend participating in a Choral Workshop Celebration in Santa Fe.  All singers are welcome!  The workshop is co-sponsored by the United Church of Santa Fe and Coro Lux, and conducted by Bradley Ellingboe.  Composer Libby Larsen will participate, and the Choir will sing several of her pieces. To register, visit  The cost of the Workshop is $65 per participant; this fee includes:

  • All sheet music
  • Kathleen Wilson session on Vocal Hygiene and Care of the Voice
  • Composer Libby Larsen session about her music
  • Vocal Function Exercises
  • Four choir rehearsal sessions
  • Refreshments and lunch on Saturday
  • Singing in 11:00 am church services, music by Libby Larsen (optional)
  • Final concert at 3:00 pm

The Workshop begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 19, and concludes with the final concert on Sunday afternoon.

The Concert

There will be a free-will offering to benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque and the Casa Familia in Santa Fe.  The music of Libby Larsen will be featured.  Pastor Talitha Arnold and composer Libby Larsen will speak about Tolerance, Hope, Musical Connections, and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.


APRIL 6, 2019 – Bradley Ellingboe, conductor
Saturday, 6:00 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1100 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque

The Coro Lux Oratorio Society presents Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard.  It has been twenty years since Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a lonely field.  This oratorio provides an inspiring opportunity for reflection, consideration, and hope.

Ticket sales will open on March 1, 2019.


MAY 4, 2019 – Bradley Ellingboe, conductor
Saturday, 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Canteen Brewhouse
2381 Aztec NE, Albuquerque (505) 881-2737

The Coro Lux Chamber Chorus will conclude the season with two concerts at the Canteen Brewhouse.  The venue is family friendly, with plenty of delicious food and drinks available.

Ticket sales will open on April 1, 2019.